Thursday, July 2, 2015

An Ounce of Prevention: '10 Ways to Tell If You’re Dating a Warrior or a Coward'

Have mercy...10 times over!

While penning today's devotional, I "happened upon" (Proverbs 16:33-AMP) an article entitled "10 Ways to Tell If You’re Dating a Warrior Or a Coward". That alone hooked me, but I was really into it when I read this:

A coward can’t have a strong woman as a companion, for he too will grow jealous of her freedom. He’ll undermine her intentions, he’ll crave her affection, and demand her attention.

A woman may not want a warrior as her companion. But for those woman strong enough to coincide with a warrior as an equal, I’ll tell you how you know if you’re dating a warrior, or a coward – and it’s not always as easy to identify as you may think.

For the record...

A strong woman is not harsh...
A strong women is not contentious...
A strong woman is not bitter, nagging, unforgiving, vengeful or annoying...

A strong woman still has "a quiet and gentle spirit" (I Peter 3:1-6)...

That said, the author is right in the sense that the stronger a woman is---mind, body and spirit---the more she is drawn to a man who is like-minded, a man who is the same.

And so, I wanted to provide the bullet points of his article. Click on the link to read the piece in its entirety. And as you're reviewing list, hold the Bob Marley and the following quote close.

If you really want to be in a healthy relationship, make sure you look for a warrior and not a coward.

1. A warrior will have the strength to resist other women, while a coward will need the affection of other women to feed his ego.

2. A warrior will take care of business whether you like it or not, while a coward will avoid business, oddly enough, often by spending time with you and his family. 

3. A warrior will tell the truth while a coward will lie, conjure up elaborate stories, all in an effort to keep you happy, and the relationship turmoil-free.

4. A warrior isn’t afraid of an argument, a coward will do everything he can to avoid it.

5. A warrior has a wild heart, a coward has a tamed, domesticated spirit.

6. A warrior is a whole man entering a relationship, while a coward is 50% of a man, looking for someone else to complete him.

7. A warrior has ambition, while a coward craves safety.

8. A warrior will praise you and lift you up, while a coward will resent you.

9. A warrior will make you feel safe and protected and strong, while a coward will make you feel weak and alone.

10. A warrior dies for you daily, while a coward lives only for himself.

As I was (also) sharing into today's devotional message, if you read the Love Chapter, it's certainly not for cowards:

"Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]."---I Corinthians 13:4-8(AMP)

In the midst of all of the things that you're praying for in a husband...

*Please* petition the Father for...

A WARRIOR and not A COWARD....



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